We are grateful for the support and encouragement of so many people, a huge thank you for all of your pledges so far.

We need to reach that £10,000 target in just 30 days so please continue to share and tell your friends about the great rewards that are up for grabs!

The two artists residencies we hope to fund will make good use of the unique Spacex building. 45 Preston Street is a beautifully converted 19th century warehouse with a number of versatile spaces that have been used for exhibitions, performances, discussions and studio space over the years. Hosting residencies here will mean we can continue to enable the development of new work and fuel the appetite for access to new contemporary art practice in Exeter and the South West.

An open call for the first residency will be announced once we have secured the Kickstarter funding. Remember if you have any questions about this project or want to see what we are up to, you can email us any time.

28 May 2015

PosterSelection700Next Thursday 21 May we will be launching our Kickstarter – an online fundraising campaign – to raise £10,000 towards two artist residencies and a series of public events. Enabling the artistic process remains at the core of what Spacex does and we need support from the public in order to continue this work. To say thank you for all of your support, we are opening the gallery on Saturday 23 May from 12am-4pm. There will be afternoon tea and cake but most importantly an opportunity to talk to the staff about the future of Spacex.

The campaign encourages backers to pledge a donation and in doing so acquire art that has been produced as part of Spacex projects and by artists we have worked with in recent years. A variety of items from the Spacex archive are also available to choose from, as a thank you for donating.

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful it will cover the cost of two 6-week residencies and a series of public events including studio visits and an associated learning programme, all to take place in 2015-16.

The all-or-nothing funding system through Kickstarter means that if we don’t reach the full amount of 10,000 within the 30-day campaign period, we won’t receive any of the funding and this is when we will need your support to reach our target.

Keep up to date with the Kickstarter campaign via this blog and our social media over the next few weeks.

13 May 2015

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Earlier this week Spacex hosted the first meeting of the Exeter Area Art Educators group. This informal group will meet regularly to share ideas, make new partnerships and help shape the future of art education in our locality. It was great to see representatives from such a wide range of provision from primary through to higher education and to hear ambitions for the group that included school to school skill swaps and academic research.

Spacex is keen to promote the crucial role that arts organisations play in supporting both teachers and students, encouraging creativity, helping young people to formulate their own responses and questions through truly diverse experiences and opportunities.

For further information about the group, please contact: Emese.Hall@exeter.ac.uk and join us on facebook

 

5 March 2015

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Spacex recently hosted an event to raise awareness of it’s cultural offer to Exeter and share news about the organisation’s future programming and funding plans.

We were able to share our success in securing funding from Arts Council England that will help support our new programme, however we still have to raise a significant amount of money to secure the future of Spacex. We are currently looking at new funding initiatives such as crowdfunding, Our first Kickstarter campaign will be launching in spring (more information on this to follow).

Over the next few months we aim to host more events and invite many more of our partners and regular visitors to share our future plans.

27 February 2015

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Tutors and Foundation Degree photography students from Exeter College made use of Spacex’s empty gallery spaces last week. We are currently working with education partners to look at new ways of using the gallery. For this particular project the gallery setting  provided a fresh backdrop for an editing process that encouraged students to look at the construction of their book-works as a spatial exercise. The session was led by artist and photography lecturer, Jessica Lennan.

4 February 2015

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Spacex is currently working in partnership with schools to explore ways of embedding Arts Award within their arts provision. This week we were pleased to present pupils from Ladysmith Junior School with their Arts Award Explore certificates, and are looking forward to presenting the rest of the school’s year 5 (90 pupils) with their Awards in the next few months.

23 January 2015

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Spacex has an amazing archive of publicity material accumulated during 40 years of hosting exhibitions and events.

This archive includes posters and the Spacex team has been getting them ready to create a display in the gallery so that we can celebrate the organisation’s achievements and think about the future Spacex.

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of these posters so watch out for them on Facebook and Twitter also please share your stories of Spacex we’d love to read them.

 

19 January 2015

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First and foremost, we would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support – the steady stream of messages and comments via our website continues to highlight the many ways Spacex is important to Exeter and the South West. These comments have bolstered our case for funding support, so please keep them coming.

Spacex’s future – an update and how you can help
Since our last communication in September we have been involved in intensive discussions to determine the future direction of the organisation. We are currently working towards a 2015 programme that will hopefully see Spacex move into a new phase of its history. Plans for Spacex so far include using the building as a project space, a gallery, a studio space for residencies, a social setting and a learning space.

The long-term future of Spacex relies on partnerships and we are in on-going discussions with partners – new and old – about how we can work together. We remain committed to working collaboratively to support artistic production and to this end we will be hosting a series of events in the spring to help us engage in dialogue about the future of the organisation.

However, it is important to highlight that plans for the programme are dependent on our efforts to fundraise. 
Keep an eye out for our upcoming crowd-funding campaign due to launch in February. This initiative will allow an exclusive chance for you to acquire limited edition artworks by artists who have previously exhibited at Spacex. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of artists who have donated artworks for this, so a massive thank you to those that have been able to support us in this way.

How you can help…
We need to maintain the positive momentum of support, please share this page with other interested parties – and remember to look out for your chance to support us via the upcoming crowd-funding campaign.

If you’re active on Twitter please look out for our tweets via @spacexgallery – we have launched a #SupportSpacex campaign and any support you are able to give to help communicate this message would be greatly appreciated.

If you are not already following us on Facebook, please like our page to keep up to speed with all our latest news and share our posts to spread the word.

We will be sending out further correspondence, but in the meantime we would all like to wish you a very happy New Year from all of the team at Spacex.

 

15 January 2015

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This session began differently to previous sessions; instead of making a ‘claymate’, Mandy Biscoe showed the students what all their hard work had been made in to.  The slabs of clay containing words and textures made in previous sessions have been turned into ceramic beads that fit onto a wooden pole, with the finished product looking, as one student described it, like a totem pole.  All the students loved seeing the outcome of their work, and were especially excited when Mandy told them the ‘totem pole’ was interactive, and they could change the order of the beads.

The next part of the session involved the students rolling herbs into clay to create scented beads for the ‘totem pole’.  While they worked, they considered how the different smells and textures of the herbs made them feel.  One student described how the plant ‘lambs ear’ reminded him of stroking a rabbit, and so it made him feel calm and happy, and gave him a sense of belonging.  The rest of the group then thought about the places that gave them a sense of belonging and made them feel happy.

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The filmed documentation of these sessions by Jimmy Ginn and Pat Cullum records how the students have used words and materials to examine conflict as they experience it. As a resolution to the project the last few sessions have encouraged students to think about strategies for dealing with conflict. To view the outcome of this process you can see the finished film at Spacex on 29 October 1-4pm.

 

10 October 2014

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As part of a project leading up to the exetreme imagination Festival 2014, Students from Ellen Tinkham School are exploring the festival theme of ‘conflict’ through a series of workshops at Spacex and at school. In these workshops students talk, write and use materials and techniques that investigate the idea of conflict in it’s broadest sense.

The project is being documented and the resulting film will be shown during the festival week at Spacex on 29 October between 1–4pm. During the project students from the University of Exeter will be creating posts for the festival and Spacex website.

“Last week students worked with Mandy Biscoe, an Exeter based ceramicist, and were experimenting with clay .The project title Claymates was the inspiration for starting to make clay faces. In this session the faces were happy reflecting the words generated earlier, but as the weeks go on the faces will display a range of different emotions decided by the students themselves. String pressed into clay slabs spelt out words which they came up with that reminded them of conflict. They then had great fun using different coloured slips to decorate the slabs!  The students also played around with conflicting textures by pushing different types of seeds into a clay slab.  When the slab is fired, the seeds will burn away and leave textures and patterns, creating a tactile, interactive piece of artwork. Stay tuned for weekly updates on this exciting project!”

Rhi Willimont , Student Project Assistant, University of Exeter

29 September 2014